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Our responsibility as adults toward the young athletes

At the beginning of this new century, the concept that sport can become a valid and viable professional mainstream for young people has taken hold. Years ago, pursuing a career as an athlete was an option little considered by families, so young people continued to attend the schools in which they were enrolled until the end of their studies. This was the Italian situation characterized by a total disconnection between the school Institution and the sporting world, the latter generally opposed by teachers. Families, on the other hand, rarely asked themselves the question about the sporting future of their children before they reached adulthood. Today the situation has changed. Sports organizations press for promising athletes to train many hours a week, families think that a sports career is an opportunity like any other, sometimes even the best and easiest to pursue, and young people are caught between these two demands and at the same time they too are tuning in to this opportunity. Moreover, teaching in Italian schools is rather backward and little different from how it was done 100 years ago and, therefore, adolescents in general do not find an environment oriented towards their development as a person and the acquisition of the skills characteristic of their curriculum.

Certainly, sport appears to be more fun, exciting and varied, even if daily practice does not correspond to this stereotype, but in my opinion the sporting environment in which young talents enter is usually stimulating, and guided by coaches who are more interested in the development of the person and the athlete. We are talking about young people who train at least 30 hours a week for 10 months. An amount of time, however, not different from that of students who want to achieve equally positive results at school.

The question that no one asks is not about the notions to be learned, but about understanding to what extent dropping out of school or schooling in private schools where the study of the program is totally conditioned by the sports activity represents a limit to the development of these young athletes. To date, each family and each sports organization pursues a path and there are no guidelines developed by the Ministry of Education and those who govern the sport. In this choice, families are left without guidance and the federations choose the paths that can be taken according to the needs of their sport. A discussion would be helpful as well as a better understanding of other countries’ models.

No walk, no health

In my opinion, the simple action of walking should become one of the main challenges of our near future. A sedentary lifestyle has certainly become the most widespread activity in our world dominated by machines and technology. We also know very well the damage caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Moving has become so important, as well as being not very often sufficiently practiced, so that smartwatches remind us of it imperatively every hour.

How much we walk has been showed by a research:

In USA, Americans take 5,117 steps a day, a distance of approximately 2.5 miles. That’s a significant shortfall compared to the averages in Western Australia (9,695), Switzerland (9,650), Switzerland (9,650) and Japan (7,168).

“It is interesting that these step counts are only about one-third of the values measured for men and women living in an Old Order Amish farming community in Ontario, Canada. Assuming that the labor-intensive farming lifestyle of the Amish reflects that of most North Americans in the mid-1800s, this suggests a marked decline in ambulatory activity over the last century and a half.”

Personally, I have an annual average of 11,988 steps a day, equal to 9,420km.


“Too Small to Fail” very useful for parents and adults

Read Too Small to Fail very useful for parents and adults.

Focusing. Creating. Cooperating. Communicating. These are all important skills children learn when we play with them! Through play, children learn how to problem solve, work together, explore physical movements, overcome challenges, and much more. Play helps children develop critical social-emotional and language skills that will help prepare them for success in school and in life.

As children’s first and best playmates, parents and caregivers play a powerful role in nurturing these skills from birth. Here are a few tips on how you can encourage learning through play:

  • Make the most of your time playing with your child. From they day they are born, children learn through the everyday moments they share with their parents and caregivers. Check out these helpful tips from ZERO TO THREE.

Keep a box of everyday objects like plastic bottles, empty containers or old clothes for dress up. These are great items to help children spark their imagination. Through creative play, children explore the world in their own way, which is important for learning and development. Check out Raising Children Network for fun creative play activities.

Many adults do not play the role of educator

In this last month I worked with the young who participated in the Training Course to become future leaders of the sport , promoted by Lazio Region in Italy.

It has been a significant to me, because it confirmed that young people want to engage and commit but they have problem to achieve what they want, because they are also left alone without a guide. Adults, whether parents or teachers of the University, say, “Do it” but they did not explain how to be able to do well in an effective and efficient manner. You may be wondering why they have not yet learned, but the answer does not change. Even going back to teens the answer is that parents and teachers did not help enough to figure out how to improve and what it’s the process that allows to move forward without wasting time. Besides the economic difficulties certainly do live in these years, at these young adults have been added others that depend exclusively on the family and social environment in which they grew up. Their parents did apparently everything: a house and money for their expenses. But this is not enough, they needed this aid but they also need how to learn to study or why it’s fine to do errors but in the same to come back immediately to your path, or even if the technology (mobile , facebook , playstation ) is fine but it should not take time and energy to work. We cannot expect them to learn all by yourself, because then the years go by without knowing that you are wasting time. I think that in many cases there is not this mental education for lack of adults’ accountability, who are happy to just meet the basic needs of social life without to play the  role of educator.

The ethic code that parents and coaches have to respect

It starts a new sport season for all children enrolled in schools football (7000 in Italy), tennis, volleyball, swimming and so on. I hope it will be a happy year for play and learning for all, where it will be possible to learn that the sport means loyalty, commitment, fun, cooperation and respect. Children acquire easily these concepts and behaviors that follow, but they must be led by coaches and parents who act to meet these needs. Some suggestions for these adults:

  1. I will encourage sportsmanship by supporting all boys and girls, as well as coaches, parents and judges.
  2. My first goal is the physical and emotional development of boys and girls.
  3. I know that training must satisfy the young and not the adults.
  4. I will teach boys and girls to respect their opponents and judges.
  5. Regardless of skill level all will have to fun.
  6. I will fight against every abusive behavior showed by other adults.

Scandalo nel calcio: “solo 1 su 30.000 diventa truffatore”

Potrebbe essere questo in un domani non lontano lo scandalo del calcio. Tutti quei bambini s’impegnano ma solo 1 su 30.000 sarà baciato dalla fortuna e diventerà un truffatore. Infatti, se le scuole calcio si stanno impegnando a insegnare già a 5 anni di età a cadere simulando un fallo, a aggredire l’arbitro con parolacce, a prendere di mira le caviglie degli avversari e nonostante lo zelo educativo dei genitori che rimproverano i figli che non seguono queste direttive, nonostante tutto ciò e poi i soldi, i soldi facili guadagnati già da adolescenti e l’impegno di tutti, amici e parenti, a premere perchè non studino e lascino la scuola, nonostante tutto questo moltissimi giovani si ribellano a queste giuste imposizioni degli adulti. Per fortuna nonostante ciò qualcuno ce la fa a diventare un truffatore e a associarsi con altri malavitosi e a rovinare il calcio.

Ancora su attività fisica per adulti

Volgio ritornare su questa tema per riportare quanto l’Organizzazione mondiale della sanità suggerisce che si utile per tutti gli adulti, compresi ovviamente anche coloro che hanno superato i 65 anni. Sono interessanti poichè mettono in evidenza come l’attività fisica debba fare parte della vita quotidiana delle persone altrimenti non è quasi possibile fare fronte al numero di ore che è necessario portare a termine settimanalmente.
L’attività fisica per gli aduti comprende, ad esempio, attività quali sono il camminare, il ballo, il giadrinaggio, il trekking e il nuoto e altre ancora. Per ottenere un effetto cardiocircolatorio positivo, mantenere una buona forma muscolare e la salute delle ossa, nonchè ridurre i rischi di depressione è necessario svolgere almeno 150 minuti di attività aerobica a intensità media durante la settimana. Inoltre, ulteriori benefici si otterranno aggiungendo altri 150 muniti nelle stess condizioni o 75 minuti di attività a livello intenso.